Again, the goal is first place. This week’s match against Minnesota United can result in the Seattle Sounders taking first in the West (a draw would mean second, a loss third) and possibly as high as fourth in the Supporters Shield standings. Seattle gets Osvaldo Alonso back as a starter, though Brad Evans is out.
The Loons added several players during the transfer window and are a better team than they were during the four-nil loss in Minneapolis earlier this month.
Look for the Sounders to press throughout the pitch, trying to force a team that struggles to pass quickly to make the errors that plague an expansion side. Seattle is riding an eight-game unbeaten streak overall and have yet to lose in their last seven at home.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Brad Evans is questionable. Lamar Neagle could miss the 18.
Loons: Anor (L Lower Leg), Greenspan (Head), and De Villardi (L Achilles) are all out. Burch (Groin), Cronin (Neck), and Ramirez (R Hamstring) are questionable.
Ibson will be suspended for accumulation on his next yellow. Lamar Neagle, Collen Warner, Johan Venegas, Ismaila Jome, and Bobby Shuttleworth are all two cards away from accumulation.
Ismail Elfath is the center referee. Drew Fischer is the VAR.
nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in alto
you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
this is our Sound
Keys to the Game:
- Accept and control space
- High pressure will force Minn errors
- Ride the noise
How to Watch
Match date/time: 7 PM Pacific, August 20, 2017
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Cascadia
Online Streaming: Fox Sports Go (except where blacked out)
National TV: FS1 (Dellacamera, Lalas, Witham)
Local Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM Seattle (Johnson, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
Asia: BeIN Sports (ASIA) | Australia: BeIN Sports (AUS) | Brazil: Globosat | Europe: Eurosport | India: DSports / ATR | Latin America: FOX Latin America | Middle East & North Aafrica: Abu Dhabi Sports | Singapore: Starhub | Taiwan: Sportscast | United Kingdom: Sky Sports
How I'm watching
Outfit: Leviathan (buy this)
Where: 214, Row C
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